When to start using Apache HTTP Proxy?

Based on our practical tests, we recommend that you deploy Apache HTTP Proxy if you have a network of 37 or more computers.

Analysis of network bandwidth used solely by updates in a test network of 1,000 computers where several installations and uninstallations took place showed the following:

a single computer downloads 23.9 MB/month in updates on average if directly connected to the internet (no Apache HTTP Proxy is used)

using Apache HTTP Proxy, downloads for the entire network totaled 900 MB/month

A simple comparison of downloaded update data in a month using direct internet connection or Apache HTTP Proxy in a network of computers:

Number of PCs in your corporate network

25

36

50

100

500

1,000

Direct connection to internet (MB/month)

375

900

1,250

2,500

12,500

25,000

Apache HTTP Proxy (MB/month)

30

50

60

150

600

900